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Unformatted text preview: Ryan Bloms Chapter 2 Essay Psychology 101 September 28, 2007 Splitting the Brain The human brain has two halves, called cerebral hemispheres, which usually work together to produce actions and thought. The brain can have glitches in it though that makes it not work properly; this is the case for people who have epilepsy. In a classic operation for severe cases of epilepsy, doctors sever the corpus callosum, or in other words they split the brain. The corpus callosum is the millions of neural fibers which connect the two hemispheres of the brain. I found this part of the chapter particularly interesting because of what happens to the patient after the surgery; how they act differently now that their two halves of their brain aren’t working together. The split-brain patient seems to have two minds. What the left brain learns and thinks is unknown to the right brain, and vice versa. By observing the performance of split-brain patients researchers have learned about the individual characteristics of the right and left hemispheres of...
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- Fall '07
- Psychology, Michael Gazzaniga, Lateralization of brain function, Split-brain, Roger Sperry